Of all the graduating class of 2019, Jonathan is probably the student who has been with TPS the longest. Starting in 5th grade, Jonathan’s first class was Adventures in Writing with Mrs. Loretta Smith. Although Mrs. Smith is no longer teaching at TPS, she was Jonathan’s favorite teacher at the time. The Adventures in Writing class basically paved the way for Jonathan to become the fine writer that he is today. Fast forward to now, Jonathan has taken a total of 28 TPS classes. He has had many wonderful teachers at TPS, and out of all those teachers, Mrs. Huisman has become his favorite. Three of Jonathan’s high school English classes were taught by Mrs. Huisman! Jonathan appreciates that not only are her class lectures engaging and interactive, but she is also a fair and kind teacher.
Besides being a diligent student, Jonathan is also an accomplished pianist. He has garnered many awards and accolades since he was five years old and has even had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. As a result of his many years of hard work and commitment, Jonathan was named one of the seven Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national piano finalists in 2017 and 2019.
In addition to being a great student and a talented pianist, Jonathan is passionate about sharing his faith. It has been over six years since Jonathan and his brother co-founded Changing Lives Ministry (CLM). For the last three years, CLM has provided chapel services to The Potter’s School where students have been able to come together to worship and share their faith. CLM/TPS Chapel has continued to grow into one of the largest teen-run ministries in the world.
Many people may not know this, but Jonathan is an avid sports spectator. He loves all kinds of sports and was once an ice hockey player himself for an elite travel AAA team. Currently, he is a contributor for Fansided, which publishes sports related articles.
Jonathan is blessed to have met many wonderful teachers and friends through TPS, and some of those friends he will treasure their friendship for a lifetime. He has met most of them in person by attending summer camp last year, and he looks forward to seeing them again this year.
Even though Jonathan has never set a foot in a brick and mortar school, he is looking forward to college after having been homeschooled all his life. Jonathan will attend the University of Miami in the fall where he will major in Piano Performance and minor in Marketing.
Ephesians 2:8-9:For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Everyone always need a reminder of the grace that God has so graciously gifted us.